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“Sports and Athletics in Germanic Literatures and Cultures”

The Germanic Graduate Student Association of the Ohio State University
presents the Third Annual Graduate Student Conference to be held on
Friday and Saturday, February 18th and 19th, 2011, on the campus of
The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Andrei Markovits, University of Michigan

Sports and athletics have played important roles throughout the
history of the German-speaking world.  These often competitive
physical activities and games, despite being defined in opposition to
productive labor, do have a wide range of social functions: they help
us build a sense of accomplishment and failure, fairness and foul
play, and solidarity and rivalry.  They strengthen or injure our
bodies as players, and stabilize or challenge our emotions as
participants or as spectators.  As an important aspect of our culture,
sports and athletics are a frequent subject of representation and
reflection in literature, film, visual arts, and architecture, and are
often explored by cultural analysis and theory.  In this conference,
we will investigate different representations and analyses of German
sports culture and history and invite submissions that may explore,
but are not limited to the themes of:

-The evolution of sports in German-speaking countries
-The role of sports and athletics in the formation of a national identity
-Aesthetic representations of games and competitions
-Cultural analysis and theory of sports
-Sports and modernity
-Portrayals of the athlete in film or text
-Sports and National Socialism
-Sports in divided Germany
-Fans and supporters
-Gender and sports
-Contemporary recreational or extreme sports
-Intellectual competitions and sports of the mind
-Disabled and able bodies in sports
-Soccer, the World Cup, the Olympics

Please send an abstract of 250 words to [log in to unmask] and
[log in to unmask] by the 14th of January 2011. Please include your
name, university affiliation, title of paper and e-mail address.

We welcome abstracts not only from students in German Studies, but
also from those in other fields with papers pertinent to the topic.
Paper presentations should be approximately 15 to 20 minutes in
length.

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